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Dr Isabel Fernandez & Associates offers Educational Assessments for children and adolescents. Our assessments are conducted by highly qualified Clinical Psychologists and Clinical Psychologist Registrars with experience and expertise in recognising a range of learning and developmental issues.

What is an Educational Assessment?

In broad terms, an Educational Assessment, also referred to as an Academic Assessment, is the process of measuring and documenting what students have learned in order to identify specific academic strengths and weaknesses.

How is Educational Performance Assessed?

An Educational Assessment is comprised of two components:

1.  Cognitive Assessment (commonly known as an 'IQ test')

  • We use the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V), the most current edition to assess a child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses in Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Reasoning, Visual Spatial abilities, Working Memory and Processing Speed.

2.  Achievement Tests

  • We use the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III), the most current edition, as well as battery of other tests that assess phonological processing skills, literacy and numeracy skills, oral expression and written expression.

Why Assess Educational Performance?

To help parents make informed decisions - Together, the results of the Educational Assessment provide valuable information that help parents and educators gain insight into a child’s unique learning potential. This allows a family to understand what, if anything, is preventing their child from reaching their academic potential and make informed decisions regarding their future educational needs.

To help the child gain insight into their own learning ability - The results of the Educational Assessment can be shared with the child in simple language to allow them to gain insight into their own learning ability. Children often become aware of differences between their own learning and that of their peers, beginning in the early years of primary school. For many children this can affect their confidence and self-esteem leading to performance anxiety and school avoidance. An understanding of their own learning ability can often help them to feel empowered to accept and work, with their unique strengths and struggles.

To find out if the child has any specific learning difficulties – A Cognitive Assessment in conjunction with Achievement Tests can assist in identifying the presence of a learning difficulty (dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia) in children and adolescents. When your child is at risk of having a learning disability (i.e., known family history, early hearing issues or speech delays) or they are showing signs of struggling with literacy learning, the most important step to take is early assessment and intervention. Please see our Learning Disorders Assessment for more information on assessment for Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia.

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